WHALE SHARK

Rhincodon typus

SIZE

To about 40 ft (12.2 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

NY to central Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

HABITAT

Coastal and offshore; sometimes enters lagoons of coral atolls; most commonly 68-77°F (20-25°C).

SIMILAR SPECIES

Size and unique markings of whale shark distinguish this species from other Atlantic sharks.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)